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'Birdman' & Linklater Win Top Prizes at the 30th Indie Spirit Awards

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February 22, 2015

2015 Independent Spirit Awards

The Independent Spirit Awards are an annual award given in the name of independent film, featuring plenty of those little indies which deserve the honor and recognition that they usually don't receive… Now celebrating their 30th year. There's quite a few repeats here that will end up winning at the Oscars, but so be it. The 2015 winners of the Spirit Awards were announced Saturday before the Oscars at a ceremony out in Santa Monica. The big winner this year was Birdman, awarded Best Feature, with everything else spread between a variety of winners including Richard Linklater, Nightcrawler, J.K. Simmons, Julianne Moore. Nothing out of the ordinary, but a solid set of winners this year. Read on for the list of Indie Spirit results.

You'll notice an [IMDb] link next to each film. This is so you can discover great new films, because there is guaranteed to be at least one film you've never heard of in here. Read on for a complete list of nominees and winners from the 30th Independent Spirit Awards. Winners from each category are designated in BOLD.

BEST FEATURE
Birdman [IMDb]
Boyhood [IMDb]
Love is Strange [IMDb]
Selma [IMDb]
Whiplash [IMDb]

Winners: Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Birdman is Best Feature

BEST FIRST FEATURE
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night [IMDb]
Dear White People [IMDb]
Nightcrawler [IMDb]
Obvious Child [IMDb]
She's Lost Control [IMDb]

BEST DIRECTOR
Damien Chazelle - Whiplash [IMDb]
Ava DuVernay - Selma [IMDb]
Alejandro G. Iñárritu - Birdman [IMDb]
Richard Linklater - Boyhood [IMDb]
David Zellner - Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter [IMDb]

BEST MALE LEAD
André Benjamin - Jimi: All Is By My Side [IMDb]
Jake Gyllenhaal - Nightcrawler [IMDb]
Michael Keaton - Birdman [IMDb]
John Lithgow - Love is Strange [IMDb]
David Oyelowo - Selma [IMDb]

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Marion Cotillard - The Immigrant [IMDb]
Rinko Kikuchi - Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter [IMDb]
Julianne Moore - Still Alice [IMDb]
Jenny Slate - Obvious Child [IMDb]
Tilda Swinton - Only Lovers Left Alive [IMDb]

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Riz Ahmed - Nightcrawler [IMDb]
Ethan Hawke - Boyhood [IMDb]
Alfred Molina - Love is Strange [IMDb]
Edward Norton - Birdman [IMDb]
J.K. Simmons - Whiplash [IMDb]

Winner: J.K. Simmons for Best Supporting Male in Whiplash

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Patricia Arquette - Boyhood [IMDb]
Jessica Chastain - A Most Violent Year [IMDb]
Carmen Ejogo - Selma [IMDb]
Andrea Suarez Paz - Stand Clear of the Closing Doors [IMDb]
Emma Stone - Birdman [IMDb]

BEST SCREENPLAY
Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski - Big Eyes [IMDb]
J.C. Chandor - A Most Violent Year [IMDb]
Dan Gilroy - Nightcrawler [IMDb]
Jim Jarmusch - Only Lovers Left Alive [IMDb]
Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias - Love is Strange [IMDb]

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Desiree Akhavan - Appropriate Behavior [IMDb]
Sara Colangelo - Little Accidents [IMDb]
Justin Lader - The One I Love [IMDb]
Anja Marquardt - She's Lost Control [IMDb]
Justin Simien - Dear White People [IMDb]

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Darius Khondji - The Immigrant [IMDb]
Emmanuel Lubezki - Birdman [IMDb]
Sean Porter - It Felt Like Love [IMDb]
Lyle Vincent - A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night [IMDb]
Bradford Young - Selma [IMDb]

Winner: Emmanuel Lubezki for Best Cinematography

BEST EDITING
Sandra Adair - Boyhood [IMDb]
Tom Cross - Whiplash [IMDb]
John Gilroy - Nightcrawler [IMDb]
Ron Patane - A Most Violent Year [IMDb]
Adam Wingard - The Guest [IMDb]

BEST DOCUMENTARY
20,000 Days on Earth [IMDb]
Citizenfour [IMDb]
Stray Dog [IMDb]
The Salt of the Earth [IMDb]
Virunga [IMDb]

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
Force Majeure [IMDb]
Ida [IMDb]
Leviathan [IMDb]
Mommy [IMDb]
Norte, the End of History [IMDb]
Under the Skin [IMDb]

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
Best feature made for less than $500,000.
Blue Ruin [IMDb]
It Felt Like Love [IMDb]
Land Ho! [IMDb]
Man from Reno [IMDb]
Test [IMDb]

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
Inherent Vice - Paul Thomas Anderson [IMDb]
For ensemble cast: Josh Brolin, Hong Chau, Martin Donovan, Jena Malone, Joanna Newsom, Joaquin Phoenix, Sasha Pieterse, Eric Roberts, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short, Serena Scott Thomas, Benicio del Toro, Katherine Waterston, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Michael Kenneth Williams.

SPECIAL DISTINCTION AWARD
Foxcatcher - Bennett Miller [IMDb]

For last year's list of nominees and winners, which featured 12 Years a Slave picking up most of the big awards in addition to Matthew McConaughey and Cate Blanchett, click here. This year's nominees are very similar to the Oscar nominees, and a few critics have been complaining that these are just a repeat of the Oscars all over again. That may well be the case, but that's not to say most of these winners aren't deserving anyway, they just happen to be great films that made it out into the mainstream (enough to get an Oscar nomination at least). Whiplash especially deserves all the acclaim it can get, and I'm glad J.K. Simmons keeps winning. Plus I'm happy to see indies like Dear White People and Land Ho! winning something.

For more: SpiritAwards.com. A big indie congratulations to all of 2015's winners & nominees!

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  • Ricardo_PT
    I tried to watch "Dear White People" last night (and started it the night before), I just couldn't push myself through the entire movie. I feel ashamed really, but everything felt pale to me. I got the idea, but the dialogue and character interaction stopped me from caring.
  • DAVIDPD
    Glad for INHERENT VICE.

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